The Summary: Animals getting into the room (and destroying our stuff), really far from town, unhelpful staff, terrain unsafe for walking around
The details: I don’t often write reviews on here, and when I do, it is usually to praise an establishment for a job well done. But our stay at Viking was by far the worst experience I have had in some time. I spent 3 weeks travelling with my girlfriend through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, and we were finishing up our trip on Ko Phi Phi. We had mainly stayed in hostels and budget hotels along the way, and were excited to end the trip in our very own hillside bungalow at Viking. The experience started off fine, with an employee picking us up at the pier and taking us by longtail over to the hotel, which seemed nice enough with its small private beach at reception. However, things got ugly immediately. Upon check-in, we were forced to climb through the jungle, using tree roots as steps to make the vertical ascent to our bungalow. It was indeed private – far too private. It was all alone in the middle of the woods, a 30 minute walk to civilization and surrounded by the island’s wildlife. At night, we had to feel our way along the poorly lit “path”, taking care not to trip and to avoid the many bats, bugs and other creatures lurking outside our door. To get into town, we had to pay 100 baht each for our hotel to take us by boat. To get back, we had to hope that one of the hotel’s boats was at the pier. Usually they weren’t, so we tried to hire a taxi to take us, which led to additional expense and many locals scamming us along the way. One night, we tried to get someone to take us, but he would only drop us off at the next beach over – an additional 20 minute walk. Once back in the room, we had to deal with the mosquitoes. A net was provided, but the heat was unbearable with it surrounding us. On the morning of our last full day, we awoke to some of our belongings scattered across the room and my girlfriend’s wallet having been chewed apart. It was clear something had gotten into the bungalow – I feel lucky not to have been attacked by whatever it was. Nevertheless, we sucked it up and went out for the day. We returned only to find a giant 2 foot iguana roaming around our room. At that point we had had enough. We went to reception and promptly checked out, which seemed perfectly normal to them even though it was 6 pm. Nobody offered us any consolation or tried to get us to stay (although I guess they already had our money for the night we didn’t use). They simply got our bags and put us on a longtail into town. which they again charged us for, just to rub salt in the wound. We got to the pier and said yes to the first hotel we saw. Do the same and you’ll be much happier
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- Viking Natures Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don